This online learning course will offer instruction into Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice. Pain is a vital function of the nervous system in providing the body with a warning of potential or actual injury. This course will provide an overview of the physiological mechanisms of pain and the importance of pain pathways; pain receptors, transmission of pain signals, and how pain can be modulated at different levels along the pain pathways. Course modules include Nociception, Ascending Pain Pathways and Descending Pain Control and use of Electric Stimulation. This Course consists of recorded video lectures and reading of articles.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe how a primary nociceptor is depolarized
- Summarize how nociceptors transmit stimulus to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord
- Diagram the Spinal column ascending pain pathways
- Explain which areas of the midbrain receive a painful stimulus. Define how the body creates analgesia
- Describe the areas of intervention in pain transmission
- Define which areas of the midbrain secrete these chemicals to address a painful stimulus.
- Document how electrical stimulation creates analgesia
- Describe the evidence for selective release of endorphins via differing parameters
- Discuss how electric stimulation for pain relates to clinical practice